Many have dreamed of living the aquatic life, but no one has ever captured it quite like Morgan Maassen has in his truly epic short, Water. This film takes us across the brine divider that separates us from the majority of earth. Once beneath the surface, we see the otherworldly beauty of waves exploding in thunderclouds. We see surfers launch themselves like torpedoes upon the chaos. We see swimmers fly underwater through the light-shifting liquid. And the result of it all is an astonishing perspective shift. For a moment, we have gills. For a moment, the limits of our known world no longer apply. It’s a weightless, powerful, masterwork that will stay in your mind each time you dive into the other world.
By Tim Gibbins